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wall street? now you can lose your life savings in hi def. (laughter) and my guest, writer tony kushner penned the screenplay to the movie "lincoln." no one tell me how it ends. (laughter) an oil painting on bob barker is on ebay for $3.5 million. i bid one dollar. (laughter) this is "the colbert report" (cheers and applause) captioning sponsored by comedy central ( theme song playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: good to have you with us! (audience chanting "stephen") (cheers and applause) thank you so much, ladies and gentlemen. thank you for your support. you know i mean that. welcome to the "report." i've got to thank you people for standing with me and standing by me and standing behind me because for seven years running the "report" has been the number one cable news show on this network at 11:30. (cheers and applause) it's official. i just found that out. folks, you don't get to the top without making a few enemies. so once again it's time for "who's attacking me now?" (laughter) tonight i am once again in the cross hairs of the canadian press. (boos) it seems that the ma
: welcome black, everybody! my guest tonight is a pulitzer prize play wright. tony kushner. (cheers and applause) nice to see you again, thanks for coming on. all right everybody knows you. turn author of "the playwright of angels in america." you also wrote the screenplay to "munich" with stephen spielberg now you are the screen writeer for the knew movie "lincoln." (cheers and applause) were you daunted at all approaching a figure this iconic? someone so huge in our minds? someone we all think of as old. old uncle penny face? (laughter) >> never occurred to me to think of him as olds uncle penny face. it was scary. i didn't want to do it original because i didn't know that it was going to be possible. >> stephen: did spielberg have something on you? did he blackmail you? >> well, doris kearns goodwin who's been on the show. >> stephen: friend of the show. >> she was a very persuasive and lovely person and great writer and she talked me into it and i loved working with steven on "munich" so i figured it was a good thing to try. >> stephen: when doris was on she said something i had
. he bought it and that meant he had it ready in his hands and put tony kushner on it and he always wanted daniel day-lewis. >> before we get to him, what is it about lincoln he wanted to share with a broader u. younger, new generation. >> he wanted to make lincoln a person you could identify with intimately. he chose a short story rather than a big fat thing to show his humor, sadness, conviction, political skills and he wanted to show that a politician can be a great guy at a time where we're cynical about politics. >> and politics is letting us down so much. daniel day-lewis. >> unbelievable character. i got to meet him and it hadn't been announced yet so they asked me to take him to springfield under an assumed name. the law offices, the museum, don't let anyone know it's us. somebody wanted a sandwich, some other people with us and somebody in the sandwich shop suddenly saw him and took a picture and they had to announce that daniel day was lincoln. i took him through mary and lincoln's house and the ceilings were low and he couldn't wait to get out. he felt claustrophobic in t
, daniel-day lewis. >> yes. >> rose: steven spielberg, sallie field, tony kushner wrote it. >> tommy lee jones. >> rose: brilliant. >> yeah. and a whole wealth of new york ackers,-- . >> rose: this is steven s that why? we have this-- spielberg made sure, wanted a bunch of new york actors for this or just so happened that these good actors had a new york base. >> i don't know how that came to pass but it was great to be there. >> rose: how was it as an experience? >> i have all these words that sound so high fall outin. >> rose: try one. >> it was the word sack rement or the word referential or the word ecia i used to blythely. >> rose: i hear you. what was it about it made it that way? >> well, it's lincoln. >> rose: yes. >> and it's steven spielberg and it's tony kushner. and then you start going down the line, tommy jones, salliefield. and it's daniel-day lewis. and the day-to-day was unlike any experience i had taken part in, and particularly i think from daniel's and i don't really want to speak too his process or-- but what-- and steven in many ways augmented this day-to-day proces
kushner. carol, we were at the film's premier tonight, and talked about how kushner made sure the movie was as accurate as it could be. let's listen to what he had to say. >> i think it was extremely accurate. if -- have you had a chance to talk to mr. kushner? >> not yet. >> yeah, so -- i hope you do. because i got to sit in with him on some of the press conferences he did, and just listen to him speak at length about the research he did. and he learned a lot. he's staggeringly intelligent man and writer. and what's amazing, he's actually not, you know, an academic historian. he's like a player who knows how to tell a story. >> now, you know, we just talked about the fact that the movie is opening in limited release, carol. and just in case you're confused, this lincoln, no vampires in this film. so you don't have to worry about that one. >> that was a little too much for me. i couldn't see that. >> reporter: me too. >> but every other movie about abraham lincoln and i think i've read every book on the man. so i can't wait. thanks, michelle. you made my morning. >> absolutely. have a g
and writers of our time tony kushner. wonderful to have you here. >> thank you. >> congratulations on the success. >> thank you. >> you start out a project like this. i can't help but notice the evolution of the film "lincoln" took twice as long as the actual civil war. if i'm not mistaken. >> six years to write it and film it. two years longer. >> two years longer than the actual civil war. you start out and said we're going to do a movie about lincoln. and this is someone who more english words have been written about than anyone aside from e jesus and william shakespeare. >> how do you start out this project with that as your sort of portfolio? >> well, stephen was the one that decided, i think he had a conversation with doris 12 years ago and she mentioned she was writing a book about lincoln and he asked her if he could buy the rights then and there. he's been thinking about lincoln since he was a little boy. and decided, i think, about ten years ago he was really going to try and make a film of it. the original impetus was steven's. and when he hired me, my first question t
from daniel, and to work with the brilliant amazing master, steven. with tony kushner's exquisite words oh. so it's like i had died and gone to heaven. for me, that's enough. >> let's talk about your big night, a big acceptance night this year, with your son, human rights campaign. what was that like to be introduced on to the stage and in a loving way by your son to an audience that loves you. >> i have two-fold feeling here. first of all, it was hard to do that, and i was reluctant to do it for a very long time, because i feel it's sam's business and not mine and not mine to talk about writing on anything that's mine. it's not. it's his. and he wanted me to do it. and then when they asked him to present me, i thought, oh, no, no. this can't be right. no, no, no. and he wanted to do that. but after i -- after i have this conversation with you, i'm going to try not to talk about it much of anymore. >> okay. >> because, you know, then i'm doing exactly what i didn't want to do. you know, i'm -- i don't want to talk about -- i have three sons. their sexuality is their business. and if any
. in the middle of 1864, lincoln changes his mind to decide he's in favor of the amendment. >> tony kushner based the script in part on doris kern good win's best selling book "team of rivals." >> we were enormously accurate. stephen and i both cared a lot. we worked with doris. we worked with a couple of other lincoln historians. what we're describing absolutely happened. >> it's not a question of being wrong. it's just inadequate. it gives you the impression that the ratification of the 13th amendment is the end of slavery. slavery is already dying that the moment. >> in fact, he says if the 13th amendment had not passed in january, 1865, lincoln had pledged to call congress noose special session in march. >> and there, the republicans had a two-thirds majority and would ratify in a minute. it is not this giant crisis in the sense that the film is portraying it. >> shall we stop this breeding? >> and one aspect of the film that's not being questioned is daniel day-lewis's is masterful depiction of the 16th president. >> the most important thing was to get lincoln done right. >> daniel day-lewis
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